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Old 12-13-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Spacers, the final frontier? Is one better than the other.

It has been said that the Tavy tile spacers are harder to use; supposedly they are so rigid it is harder to adjust/twist the tiles into place once they are in.

While the Tavy spacers are truer to the size (ie. 1/8",) while the other older rubbery types are actaully little smaller (ess than 1/8".)

I would think the tavy would offer a more true level layout on a wall (horizontally due to the rigidity) (Vertically due to the rim) as well as a slightly wider grout line.

(however if you include the little bevel at the surface of the tile, the smaller rubber spacers would give the appearance of a 1/8" grout line.

These tile spacers were given to me. No time for trials. Will probably flip a coin.

9x16 tile running bond stye (so no spacers at the corners.)
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Use the crosses and throw the others in the trash where they belong. Just poke one leg of the spacer in the grout joint and call it good. That way you have a handle to grab later when you take them out.

By the way...
You are splitting hairs needlessly when you try to compare spacers using a micrometer. Forget about it, if a spacer is a silly millimeter larger or smaller than another spacer - so what. The tile doesn't care, the grout doesn't care, and no one will ever notice the variance.


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